Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Delegates attending the 4th International Railway Summit in Paris, will have the opportunity to visit RATP’s newly modernised Metro Line 9 Boulogne-Billancourt workshop as well as enjoy an SNCF guided tour of the fully renovated Saint Lazare Station. The 4th International Railway Summit is taking place on 15-17 February 2017 at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 15 February, delegates will travel on a new hybrid bus, courtesy of the Paris transport operator RATP, to its Boulogne-Billancourt workshop, which maintains the trains of Paris Metro’s Line 9.The workshop, which originally opened in 1934, went back into service in June 2015 following three years of refurbishment and modernisation aimed at meeting the requirements of new forms of rolling stock.
In order to improve the workshop’s energy performance, a bioclimatic design conception was adopted, involving a green roof, solar panels for water heating and optimisation of heat and light energy. As a result of the modernisation, Line 9 has operated with nearly 70 five-carriage MF 01 trains since December 2016, providing travellers with improved service. The 20-kilometre Line 9 is one of the busiest on the Paris metro network, linking 37 stations and travelling through the very heart of the city. RATP will guide delegates around this vast workshop, which stretches over 14,000 m2 and houses 58 technicians.
Delegates will then travel on the Line 9 metro to Saint Lazare Station, Paris’s second largest rail terminal, for a tour of the station, hosted by the French National Railway, SNCF. The 19th-century station, which inspired great artists of old, went through a 15-year, €250 million renovation which was completed in 2012.
The refurbishment has offered larger capacity, greater convenience and improved information to 450,000 daily passengers as well as a significantly higher retail revenue for SNCF. Although travellers now need 25% less time to get to their trains, the 10,000 m² of new retail and service space, offering more than 80 shops and restaurants, mean that they spend 47% more time enjoying this famous station than before the renovation.
Places are limited and delegates who wish to take part are advised to register their participation early via an online link available from IRITS Events.
Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRJ and IRITS Events.
International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.
International Railway Summit provides a ‘matchmaking’ service between rail industry leaders (‘buyers’) and technical experts (‘suppliers’), based on buyer delegates’ project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.
In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is co-hosted by International Railway Journal and IRITS Events and will take place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris, France.